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AIMS has campaigned for improvements to the maternity services in the UK since 1960. We run national campaigns, support local people with their campaigns and support individual women, birthing people and families via our helpline. AIMS responds to multiple NICE guideline consultations, and has been instrumental in changing both guidance and language to better support women and babies through their maternity journey.

AIMS works towards better births for all by campaigning and information sharing, protecting human rights in childbirth and helping women to know their rights, whatever birth they want, and wherever they want it.

Coronavirus and the Maternity Services

AIMS Birth Information Information about the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for pregnant women in the UK and links to information sources can b…   Read more…

Spain needs to combat obstetric violence - UN Experts Decision

UN sends strong message to Spain, following a complaint to them from a Spanish mother, that their maternity care system must respect human rights. AIM…   Read more…

Response to Guardian Article on access to Epidurals

An article titled " Women in labour being refused epidurals, official inquiry finds " appeared in the Guardian on Tuesday 3rd March. AIMS fully suppor…   Read more…

RCOG Consultation on leaflets in Assisted Vaginal Birth and Gestational Diabetes

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) recently launched a public consultation on two draft documents they have produced. Both d…   Read more…

AIMS Response to NMC Consultation on Future Strategy 2019

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) plays a key role in the ongoing quality assurance and regulation of the maternity services and its staff. Effe…   Read more…

AIMS' Response to Hull Daily Mail about their article, "Dad saves baby girl's life with shoelace as mum gives birth in Beverley Road bus stop"

AIMS has responded to the Hull Daily Mail's article entitled, " https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/health/baby-born-bus-stop-shoelace-3571474 ". 26…   Read more…

Implementing Better Births: Continuity of Carer

Download PDF Commissioners and providers across England, guided by their MVPs, are working across the country to implement sustainable Continuity of C…   Read more…

The Future Midwife Project: An AIMS response to Nursing and Midwifery Council’s consultation

AIMS submitted our response to this consultation on 7 May 2019. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) plays a key role in the ongoing quality assura…   Read more…

AIMS Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women on abuses during facility-based childbirth 2019

Call for submissions: Mistreatment and violence against women during reproductive health care with a focus on childbirth The mandate of the United Nat…   Read more…

Letter to The Guardian in response to their article, "Meghan Markle’s home birth should not blind us to the risks for most women"

Sent 9th May 2019 By email ( guardian.readers@theguardian.com ) Dear Sir, I write in response to the opinion piece by Barbara Ellen entitled “Meghan M…   Read more…

AIMS Response to MBRRACE-UK Report Oct 2018

Download PDF MBRRACE-UK: Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care MBRRACE-UK: Perinatal Mortality Surveillance report for births in 2016 www.npeu.ox.ac.u…   Read more…

Beverley Beech summarises the HIW's report into the case of Clare Fisher and the failings of the LSA

Focussing on the failings of the LSA in the case of Clare Fisher: The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales’ report (2013) Summarised by Beverley Beech In 201…   Read more…

Press Release: Jeremy Hunt announces 2,000 more midwives?

AIMS is delighted that the Government has recognised the importance to the safety of women and babies of the continuity of carer model of midwifery. H…   Read more…

Ágnes Geréb is granted clemency by the Hungarian President

28 th June 2018 "This act of clemency is about more than me. It is an acknowledgement of liberty in giving birth. It is a recognition by the state tha…   Read more…

Dr. Ágnes Geréb, Hungarian Midwife and Obstetrician

Dr. Ágnes Geréb is a Hungarian obstetrician and midwife who has been fighting for her freedom following her house arrest and thret of imprisonment due…   Read more…

"Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation": AIMS' response to a Department of Health consultation Response submitted 23/1/18

AIMS submitted our response to this consultation on the 23 January 2018. A number of regulators, including the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the Prof…   Read more…

A Midwife for Me and My Baby

Join AIMS, NCT, ARM, IMUK, The Birth I Want, Birthrights and others in campaigning for: We want every woman to have a midwife who she can get to know…   Read more…

NICE Guideline Child Maltreatment

It is frustrating when we are unable to help many of the parents who have contacted us about their problems with the current child protection system.…   Read more…

Training of Social Workers

TRAINING OF SOCIAL WORKERS Memorandum from The Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services to the Select Committee for Children, Schools an…   Read more…

Highlight issues with homebirth services in your local press

If you or someone you know has recently had a baby and struggled to get support for a planned homebirth, then please consider raising the profile of t…   Read more…

Independent Midwifery Professional Indemnity Insurance

Understanding the situation Since 2002, Independent Midwives (IMs) have been unable to obtain profession indemnity insurance (PII). The last insurer w…   Read more…

Submission to the Children, Schools and Families Committee on the New Inquiry into Looked after Children

SUMMARY As a UK-wide pressure group covering maternity care with nearly 50 years experience, we are particularly interested in the problems of babies…   Read more…

Celebrating Continuity 2017 - Conference Review

AIMS Journal 2017 Vol 29 No 2 Celebrating Continuity: One Year On Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds, April 8th 2017 Jo Dagustun reports This collaborativ…   Read more…

The backlash against Normal Birth

Beverley Lawrence Beech At an AIMS AGM it is customary for the Chair to give an account of the activities of the Committee during the year. I am not g…   Read more…

Summary of the AIMS Critique

Summary of the AIMS Critique of 'The London Project: A confidential enquiry into a series of term babies born in an unexpectedly poor condition' by th…   Read more…

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Journal

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Book Review: Give Birth like a Femi…

Complete list of book reviews on the AIMS website AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 1 Give Birth like a Feminist : Your body. Your baby. Your choices. By Milli Hill Publishe…

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Cracking the media paywall: how to…

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 1 By Jo Dagustun Everyone working to improve maternity services knows very well how the mass media is a really important force in the debat…

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Interview with Professor Jacqueline…

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 1 Interview by Jo Dagustun For this issue, as we mark the 4 th anniversary of Better Births, the AIMS Campaigns team were keen to invite Ja…

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Events

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NICE Annual Conference 2020

Registration for the NICE Annual Conference 2020 will open on 22 January 2020. For more details and to register your interest, please visit http://www.niceconference.org.…

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IMUK National Conference 2020

The theme of IMUK's 2020 National Conference 2020 is The Science Behind The Art of Midwifery. Speakers to be announced and tickets will be released soon. Information is a…

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Midwifery Today Conference: “Birthi…

21-25 October 2020 The theme for this year's Midwifery Today conference is Birthing in Love: Everyone’s Right. Classes will include: Clinical sessions such as Hemorrhage,…

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Latest Campaigns

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Coronavirus and the Maternity Servi…

AIMS Birth Information Information about the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for pregnant women in the UK and links to information sources can be found here . We ai…

Read more

Spain needs to combat obstetric vio…

UN sends strong message to Spain, following a complaint to them from a Spanish mother, that their maternity care system must respect human rights. AIMS has commented on t…

Read more

Response to Guardian Article on acc…

An article titled " Women in labour being refused epidurals, official inquiry finds " appeared in the Guardian on Tuesday 3rd March. AIMS fully supports individuals havin…

Read more